Faculty Spotlights2022-12-02T19:54:30+00:00

Faculty Spotlights

Fall 2022

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Luis Alberto González

Caplin School of Journalism + Media

Luis Alberto González is a seasoned media executive and educator with over 35 years of experience in Radio, TV, Newspaper and New Media content creation. For the past 12 years, Luis Alberto has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College and FIU’s School of Journalism + media. He also provides coaching and consulting services to several media outlets including Voice of America, Associated Press, and the Telemundo Station Group.

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Rebecca Covey

Rebecca Covey

Department of Theatre

Rebecca Covey is an Equity actor and a designated Linklater Voice teacher. In Chicago, she taught at the Theatre School at DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, and Columbia College.Her scholarly research focuses on helping neurodiverse theatre artists reach their full potential. Additional interests include: the intersection of gender, culture and voice; accents and dialects; and heightened language including Shakespeare, Moliere and Shaw.

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Roberto Rovira

Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University, and Principal of Studio Roberto Rovira. Roberto completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar and recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994.

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Camilo Rosales

Department of Architecture

Camilo Rosales, AIA is a registered architect in the states of New York and Florida. As a practicing professional he has received design and teaching awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and his personal work has been published in architectural journals and periodicals in several countries.

Before joining Florida International University he was a senior designer with I. M. Pei and Partners in New York where he also participated with an SOM/Frank O. Gehry partnership in the winning entry for the Redevelopment of Madison Square Garden. He also worked with Arquitectonica in Miami.

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Sam Moshaver

Sam Moshaver

Department of Interior Architecture

Sam Moshaver received his PhD in Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Montreal. His research interests are in the areas of housing, design methods, and computational design. He is a member of the CAD Research Group (GRCAO) at the University of Montreal. He is also the author of conference and journal papers in the areas of flexible housing and design methods. Sam is a reviewer and contributor to CIB W104 Open Building Implementation.

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Jennifer Printz

Department of Art + Art History

Jennifer Printz uses photography, printmaking, and drawing as differing means to observe her world and unifies them together to make poetic works that reflects on the structure of the universe. These beautiful creations have been exhibited widely including recent exhibitions at the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Chroma Gallery, and as far away as Portugal, Egypt, and Russia. Printz has completed artist residencies in Paris and Malta, both locations having a great influence on her current practice. Her work has been included in publications as diverse as Tricycle and the Carolina Review.

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Javier Jose Mendoza

Herbert + Nicole Wertheim School of Music and Performing Arts

Javier José Mendoza is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra. Under Mendoza’s direction the CAO has consistently been named a “Critics Pick” by Time Out Chicago and a “Recommend” by the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein. Early Music Today praises the CAO, “the Chicago Arts Orchestra plays terrifically,” and Steven Ritter of Audiophile Audition claims that the CAO is an “exciting group for sure.” In 2014 Mendoza led the CAO to being named “Professional Orchestra of the Year” by The Illinois Council of Orchestras.

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Maria Elena Echarri

Maria Elena Echarri

Department of Communication

Maria Elena Echarri brings nearly twenty years of experience in journalism and communication studies to classes at FIU. As a scholar-practitioner, with respect for interdisciplinary approaches, she emphasizes the relationship between cognitive processing and the contexts of human communication. Research/Creative Interests The intersection of cognition and communication, and its effects on health communication, intercultural communication, creativity, and media perception Visual rhetorics of fashion, architecture, design, and media Instructional communication Writing and producing documentaries and videos Echarri graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism.

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Susan Jacobson

Caplin School of Journalism + Media

Dr. Jacobson has worked in new media her entire professional and academic career. Her research is concerned with how social media shapes the relationship between journalists and news audiences, the impact of new media on journalism and the expressive qualities of multimedia. Her work has been published in top-ranked journals such as New Media and Society and The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. She has won fellowships and awards from the CMM Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Media Ecology Association and the Warburg Institute.

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Ivan Lopez

Department of Theatre

Ivan R. Lopez is a professional actor and director. He has worked with the Denver Center Theatre Company, New Theatre, City Theatre, Main Street Players, O Miami Poetry Festival, Orchestra Miami, Artistic Vibes, White Rose Miami, Microteatro, aMios, among others. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the South Florida Theatre League.

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Spring 2022

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Biayna Bogosian

Department of Architecture

Biayna Bogosian is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at FIU CARTA. Biayna’s academic and professional background extends in the fields of architecture, environmental design, computational design, data science, spatial science, and interactive media design. Biayna’s interdisciplinary research has allowed her to understand innovation in design and technology within a broader environmental context and explore data-driven and citizen-centric approaches to improve the built environment.

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Linda Chamorro

Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design

Linda Chamorro teaches design studios and courses in 3D modeling and representation, planting design, and urbanism. She is the founding principal of 5m Studio, a multidisciplinary design practice focused on landscape design, public art, and public space design. At Harvard, her work was published in Platform (2008) and Studioworks (2007). Originally from Miami via Nicaragua, she has lived and worked in western Massachusetts, Nicaragua, Boston, San Francisco, and Oregon.

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Daniel Guernsey

Department of Art + Art History

Daniel Guernsey received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of specialization are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art and European intellectual history. He is the author of The Artist and the State, 1777-1855: The Politics of Universal History in British and French Painting (Ashgate, 2007) as well as several articles on the philosophy of history in European art during the Neo-Classical and Romantic periods.

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David Dolata

Herbert + Nicole Wertheim School of Music and Performing Arts

The Bulletin de la Société Française de Luth has referred to Florida International University Professor of Musicology David Dolata as a “gentleman de la Renaissance” for his activities as a performer and scholar.

His research on early 17th-century Italian lute music has been published in Early Music, Acta Musicologica, Grove Music Online, The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music. He has been visiting research professor at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours – CNRS where he continues as a chercheur associé. He is co-editor of the forthcoming CESR publication Tablature: Alternate Notations 1300–1750 (Brepols: 2022) with John Griffiths and Philippe Vendrix and author of over 80 of the book’s 435 essays and transcriptions. David Dolata also maintains a long-standing affiliation with Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies. His monograph, Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols (Indiana University Press: 2016) and two-volume critical edition of Bellerofonte Castaldi’s Capricci (1622) in Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era (A-R Editions: 2006) have received critical acclaim in his field’s flagship journals. Dr. Dolata also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Lute Society of America.

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David Park

Department of Communication

Dr. Park’s research interests include critical political economy of communication, new media technologies, media and democracy, environmental sustainability, consumerism and international communication. He is the author of Media Reform and the Climate Emergency: Rethinking Communication in the Struggle for a Sustainable Future with the University of Michigan Press, and Conglomerate Rock: The Music Industry’s Quest to Divide Music and Conquer Wallets with Lexington Books.

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Newton D’souza Prabhu

Department of Interior Architecture

Newton D’souza is the Chair and Associate Professor of Interior Architecture, Florida international University. He has previously served as the Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Architectural Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia. Having widely published in the area of design thinking and environment-behavior, his recent book is titled ‘The Multi-skilled Designer: A Cognitive Explanation for Diversity in Architectural Thinking’ from Routledge Research in Architecture Series. He has received several grants, including MU System Research Board award and American Society of Interior Designers, and was awarded the 2014 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

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Alejandro Alvarado

Caplin School of Journalism + Media

Dr. Alejandro Alvarado is a communications consultant with proven track record in Public Relations, Public Affairs, Journalism and academia. He is the Coordinator of the Spanish-language Journalism Master’s program, and Spanish-language Editor of the South Florida News Service. He co-chairs the annual Journalists and Editors Workshop, and was Chair of the Hispanic Communications Conference Series, and Director of the Telemundo Hispanic Media Futures Program at Florida International University.

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Jennifer Ivey

Jennifer Ivey

Department of Theatre

Jennifer Rose Ivey is a passionate and dedicated theatre educator who has worked around the country as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and teacher. She has worked as a designer and/or technician at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Atlanta, West Virginia Public Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, WILL-TV Illinois Public Broadcasting, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, Jacksonville State University, Florida International University, and most recently, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

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Elisa Silva

Department of Architecture

Elisa Silva is director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura 2007 and Enlace Foundation 2017, established in Caracas, Venezuela. Projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality and the urban environment through public space interventions, informal settlement integration and strengthening rural landscapes. Enlace’s work has been recognized in international biennials, competitions, and design exhibitions.

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Ebru Özer

Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design

Ebru Özer teaches grading, drainage, and construction, and community, urban, and regional design. Her research focuses on stormwater management, green infrastructure, sustainability in park and trail design, and age-friendly open space design. She has over 20 years of experience in practicing landscape architecture and architecture. She is the co-founder and principal of LandscapeDE, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm based in Miami, Florida. She serves as the treasurer of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and the executive committee member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Chapter.

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Past Faculty Highlights

Anthony Faiola

Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts is proud to announce FIU CARTA Alumnus Anthony Faiola as its Knight Innovator-in-residence.

A graduate of the Class of 1990, Faiola began his professional career at the Miami Herald before moving to the Washington Post, where he has worked for the past 25 years. During his distinguished career with the Post, Faiola has served as the paper’s bureau chief in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New York, London, Berlin and now Miami, where he is currently in charge of South America and the Caribbean.
Faiola has covered major global events from more than 50 countries, reporting and writing on historic migrant waves, financial crises, genocides and terror attacks while interviewing international figures including Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Alberto Fujimori, Ban Ki Moon and more.

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Michael Yawney

Michael Yawney, FIU Theatre Associate Professor, has been elected President of the South Florida Theatre League.

The South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.

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Leigh Steinberg

Leigh Steinberg may best be known to the public as the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire, but the newly appointed Board Member of FIU iSTAR also has a remarkable history of influencing the lives of more than just athletes.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Steinberg has represented many of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, golf, etc., including the number one overall pick in the NFL draft for an unprecedented eight times as well as 62 total first-round picks. He has represented notable athletes such as Oscar De La Hoya, Lennox Lewis, and multiple Olympians and professional teams. With an unrivaled history of record-setting contracts, Steinberg has secured over $3 billion for his 300+ pro athlete clients and directed more than $750 million to various charities around the world.

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Eric Goldemberg

Associate Professor and Digital Design Coordinator for FIU Department of Architecture and co-founder of MONAD Studio Eric Goldemberg, absolutely shined at the 17th installment of the international architecture event, the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event brings together a variety of internationally renowned architects and gives them the opportunity to showcase their creative exhibitions, give lectures, and connect with one another, while at the famous, La Usina del Arte. Goldemberg’s exhibition, FEEDback, “crystallizes the notion of trans-disciplinary project in architecture, generated by experimental strategies of direct application to the scale of the human body and its mediated environment.”

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Linda Chamorro, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer & Marcelo Ertorteguy

This past month Oolite Arts announced its 2019 recipients of the Ellies Visual Arts Awards. Over 500 artists and educators submitted proposals to these competitive awards and forty-four winners were selected. Three of the forty-four recipients were faculty from Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

Amongst the winners, adjunct faculty Linda Chamorro and Coralina Rodriguez Meyer from the Department of Landscape Architecuture & Environmental and Urban Design were selected, and Marcelo Ertorteguy from the Department of Architecture. The three faculty winners were awarded the Creator Award, which supports working artists with grants of $2,500 to $25,000 to realize a significant visual arts project that will advance their careers.

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